For our church's Vacation Bible School last week, I began an opening devotion by wearing a raincoat and holding an umbrella. (That day was about Noah.) The kids said I didn't need all of that because it wouldn't rain. I agreed that although we can't always trust what the weatherman says, we can always believe it when God says something will happen. (The funny thing is that when it rained that afternoon, a little girl told her mom, "Pastor was right!")
While God does not promise to end our slight drought, He does promise to give us daily bread. The Father gives us our food at the proper time, opening His hands and satisfying the desires of every living thing, because the Lord loves everything He has made (Psalm 145:15-17). By His mercy, He sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous (Matthew 5:45).
God makes another promise connected to water. Jesus says in Mark 16:16, "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned." Romans 6 says every baptized person was buried with Christ Jesus "through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with Him like this in His death, we will certainly also be united with Him in his resurrection."
O Triune God, You rained down grace upon us in Holy Baptism. You united us to Yourself for eternity in righteousness and mercy. We praise You for adopting us as Your children through those waters. We ask You to open the windows of heaven in Your time, sending rain to preserve Your Creation from withering so that we may gather Your harvest and proclaim Your goodness with thanksgiving. Amen.
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